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The 39 Best Shows on Max (aka HBO Max) Right Now (July 2024)

It may not have the shine it once did, but Max (previously HBO Max) is still home to some of the best TV shows of the past 25 years, from The Sopranos and The Wire to Game of Thrones and The Leftovers. Max has gotten into the original content game too, with highly acclaimed series like Hacks, Station Eleven, and The Staircase (the […]

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‘Death Occurs in the Dark’: Indie Video Game Devs Are Struggling to Survive

Necrosoft Games was running out of money. At the rate things were going, the video game studio’s director, Brandon Sheffield, surmised that the company would be broke before its current project, a Persona-like RPG called Demonschool, shipped in September. This was in March, and prospects were looking glum. The funding climate for video games was

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Everyone Is Trying to Make This TikTok Go Viral—and It Never Will

It would be easy to put this down to stan armies—established fans of these creators, clashing over the video in a kind of proxy war to glorify their community—but it’s not along such rigid lines. “Whenever there’s a way to quantify popularity online, there’s a group mentality that emerges,” says Kat Tenbarge, a reporter for

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The 30 Best Movies on Max (aka HBO Max) Right Now (June 2024)

As the birthplace of prestige TV shows like The Sopranos and The Wire, HBO—and, by extension, Max (aka the streamer formerly known as HBO Max)—is best known for its impressive lineup of original series. The network has also been upping the ante with feature-length content that is the stuff of Oscar dreams. However, because Max is not (yet)

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His Galaxy Wolf Art Kept Getting Ripped Off. So He Sued—and Bought a Home

“With every one shop that I got to take [items] down, another 10 popped up out of nowhere,” Jödicke says. “I almost wanted to give up on my art, because I felt so devastated that people would just take my work and profit out of it, and I didn’t see anything from it.” The widespread

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The 49 Best Shows on Netflix Right Now (June 2024)

Streaming services are known for having award-worthy series but also plenty of duds. Our guide to the best TV shows on Netflix is updated weekly to help you know which series you should move to the top of your queue. They aren’t all sure-fire winners—we love a good less-than-obvious gem—but they’re all worth your time,

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Writer Alex English Thinks Social Media Ruined the Art of Comedy

Alex English should be on summer break when I call him on a Thursday afternoon, but instead he’s fresh off of two stand-up sets in New York City, and is last-minute packing for a red-eye flight to London, where he will take the stage at the Top Secret Comedy Club that weekend. The work never

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The 63 Best Movies on Disney+ Right Now (July 2024)

In the game known as the streaming wars, Disney+ came out swinging, bringing with it a massive library of movies and TV shows—with new ones being added all the time. Watched everything on Netflix? Disney+ has a seemingly endless selection of Marvel movies and plenty of Star Wars and Pixar fare too. Problem is, there’s

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The New ‘Ethical’ AI Music Generator Can’t Write a Halfway Decent Song

Admittedly, our testing artists did push Jen beyond the boundaries of what a “normal” person might ask in a query, veering more toward a “record store clerk” level of familiarity with recorded sound. Cleveland, for instance, failed to get anything good out of a query for “mid-tempo California garage rock influenced by ’70s Indonesian pop,”

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